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the Netherlands and Japan published findings that chimpanzees are the same way -- when it comes to recognizing other chimps’ butts. That suggests, the scientists concluded, that sophisticated recognition of rear ends is as important for chimps (as “socio-sexual signaling,” such as prevention of inbreeding) as faces are to humans. [Washington Post, 12-6-2016]

THE PASSING PARADE (1) In October, Chicago alderman Howard Brookins Jr. publicly denounced “aggressive” squirrels that were gnawing through trash cans and costing the city an extra $300,000. A month later, Brookins was badly injured in a bicycle collision (broken nose, missing teeth) when a squirrel (in either a mighty coincidence or suicide terrorism) jumped into one of his wheels, sending Brookins over the handlebar. (2) In October, officials of Alaska’s Iditarod reaffirmed an earlier decision to allow mushers to use mobile phones during the 2017 race; “purists” maintain that phones destroy the “frontier-ness” of the event. [Chicago Tribune, 11-22-2016] [Alaska Dispatch News, 10-28-2016] BY CHUCK SHEPHERD

OH-SO-SWEET DREAMS The Hastens workshop in Koping, Sweden, liberally using the phrase “master artisans” recently, unveiled its made-to-order $149,900 mattress. Bloomberg News reported in December on Hastens’ use of superior construction materials such as pure steel springs, “slow-growing” pine, multiple layers of flax, horsehair lining (braided by hand, then unwound to ensure extra spring), and cotton covered by flame-retardant wool batting. With a 25-year guarantee, an eight-hour-aday sleep habit works out to $2 an hour. (Bonus: The Bloomberg reviewer, after a trial run, gave the “Vividus” a glowing thumbs-up.) [Bloomberg News, 12-2-2016]

LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINAL (1) Leonard Rinaldi, 53, was arrested in Torrington, Connecticut, in November following his theft of a rare-coin collection belonging to his father. The coins were valued at about $8,000, but apparently to make his theft less easily discoverable, he ran them through a Coinstar coin-cashing machine -- netting himself a cool $60. (2) James Walsh was arrested in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Dec. 12 at a Wal-Mart after carting out an unpaid-for big-screen TV. Walsh said he had swiped a TV on Dec. 11 with no problem -- but failed to notice that, on the 12th, the store had a “shop with a cop” event at which St. Lucie County deputies were buying toys for kids. [WTIC-TV (Hartford), 11-16-2016] [WPECTV (West Palm Beach), 12-12-2016] (Arkansas)

SEX TOYS IN THE NEWS ■ (1) The government in Saxony, Germany, chose as third-place winner of its 2016 prize for innovation and start-up companies the inventor of the ingenious silent vibrator (leading to shaming of the economy minister Martin Dulig, now known as “Dildo Dulig”). (2) An unknown armed robber made off with cash at the Lotions and Lace adult store in San Bernardino, California, in December -although employees told police they angrily pelted the man with dildos from the shelves as he ran out the door. [The Local (Berlin), 11-252016] [KNBC-TV (Los Angeles), 12-14-2016]

THE ARISTOCRATS! Low-Tech Pervs: (1) A camera-less Alan Ralph, 62, was arrested in Sarasota, Florida, in December after being seen on surveillance video in October in a Wal-Mart stooping down to the floor to peer up the skirt of a woman. (2) John Kuznezow, 54, was charged with invasion of privacy in Madison, Wisconsin, in November after he was discovered, pants down, up a tree outside a woman’s secondfloor bedroom window. [WFLA-TV (Tampa), 12-6-2016] [WMTV (Madison), 11-8-2016]

THE JOB OF THE RESEARCHER Humans are good at recognizing faces, but exceptionally poor at recognition when the same face’s features are scrambled or upside down. In December, a research team from


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TOMMY Z BAND Buffalo Iron Works Thurs Jan 5 th 9pm $5 Buffalo Blues/Rock legend Tommy Z brings his signature guitar sound back home.He has performed with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks and Robert Randolph just to name a few.

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TIM BRITT BAND Buffalo Iron Works Sat Jan 7 th 3pm free Vocalist Tim Britt brings his beautiful voice and band to downtown to perform a Sabres After Party. His ability to combine humor and passion in his vocals along with his intricate fingering on guitar makes a unique but refreshing change to the local music scene.

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Foreword, DC’s address at the time, 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City, likely didn’t help the situation), smarter people prevailed. Lucifer: Book One collects “The Morningstar Option” from The Sandman Presents: Lucifer miniseries, as well as issues 1 through13 of the Lucifer ongoing series. Mike Carey, following in Gaiman’s footsteps, continues the manipulative scheming of the former Lord of Hell, who has left his dark domain for the sunny climes of Los Angeles, where he runs a nightclub. In the book, Lucifer is at his scheming best, deftly maneuvering through the deadly machinations in the eternal Cold War between Heaven and Hell. Lucifer takes on a mission for God but, in true Lucifer fashion, decides to do things his own way.

STRICTLY HIP Tralf Fri Jan 6 th 8pm $10 The Strictly Hip performs the classic Tragically Hip album “Up To Here” with special guests Tiny Music’s tribute to Stone Temple Pilots opening the show.

CASINO FOR A CAUSE Town Ballroom Sat Jan 7 th 7pm $80 to $100 Travel back in time to the former Town Casino and dress in 20’s themed outfits. There will be a silent auction with live music by the Rat Pack Band. Complimentary wine, beer, vodka and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Bogo Bunch Foundation is a 100% charity formed by Sabre Zach Bogosian and his wife will run the fundraiser. SUN OF MEMPHIS Nietzsches Sun Jan 8 th 8pm free For more than 20 years, Sun of Memphis has been playing rock n’ roll classics inspired by Elvis Presley. Come celebrate the king’s birthday highlighting his early favorites in a stripped down setting.

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WREN WILLIAMS & THE SONS OF LUTHER Ninth Ward Fri Sat Jan 6 th 8pm $10 Bass player Wren Williams will perform songs from his solo album, “Venom & Sugar” with his backing band of cousins, The Sons of Luther. Buffalo group Honey Coma opens the show performing their debut effort “7 Songs.”

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Decades ago, the incomparable Neil Gaiman put a new spin on an old name: Thus was the Sandman series born, giving rise to the unending adventures and mysteries of Morpheus, Death, and many other archetypes of existence. From this series arose Lucifer Morningstar, perhaps better known as Satan, The Devil Himself. And although DC Comics was initially reluctant to launch a spinoff series whose main character was The Devil (as Gaiman notes in the

The investigation takes him through the higher realms of the Navajo and Japanese gods, as well into conflict with lesser demons. True to his name, Lucifer shines like the star he is, bending the wills of those who face him to his will, and breaking the lives of some of the mortals who cross his path. The angels of Heaven, aghast at Lucifer’s actions, plan to deal with him: An invasion of Los Angeles, to be fought at Lux, Lucifer’s nightclub. But Lucifer, of course, still has more than a few tricks up his sleeve, including the fact that his investigation is, in fact, a rescue mission. If he fails, Earth, and all existence, will cease to exist. No pressure. It IS Lucifer, after all… Readers will notice that the art style shifts from story to story: manga-esque in the Japanese afterworld, shadowy in the Dreaming. It’s all quite beautifully done, and complements the storylines. | jan 5 - jan 12, 2017





n December 23, 2016, Artvoice published a traditional end of year survey asking four simple questions: 1. What would you most like to happen in 2017? 2. What would you like to see go away in 2017? 3. Who would you like to see run for mayor of Buffalo in next year’s election? 4. Should the new $50 million Amtrak station be at Central Terminal or Canal Side? Over 100 people who are well known in Buffalo were sent the survey and about 40 answered in time to make deadline. There were some thoughtful answers like bringing Uber to Buffalo, taking down the skyway, enhancing infrastructure, shifting to renewable energy, and a moratorium on demolishing pre-1960s buildings. What people most wanted to see go away were Trump, the Clintons and hate. There was also a jarring response from developer and school board member Carl Paladino saying what he’d like to see in 2017 is that Barak Obama would die of Mad Cow disease and Michelle Obama would move to Africa and live in a cave with a gorilla. Wishing the president would die is shocking and the Michelle Obama remark, of course, ignited a firestorm over the “send ‘em back to Africa” suggestion long used by racists. I published Paladino’s remarks along with those of the 40 other people who responded. Local, national and international news media immediately jumped on Paladino’s remarks and it became headline news everywhere. Several alternative weekly newspapers across the country immediately emailed Artvoice to congratulate the paper for having the courage to print such a controversial survey response. 22


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However, local social media immediately blew up with heated debate about my decision. One side applauded publishing Paladino’s remarks so people would know what he said. On the other side are people who are appalled Artvoice would print such “hate-speech.” But as well-known civil liberties lawyer and writer Harvey Silvergate has sai, "Scrutiny and debate are more effective ways of combating hate speech than censorship." Whether Carl Paladino’s words are encouraging and positive or vile and insulting has no effect on his first amendment right to say whatever he wants and no one has disputed that. They do dispute his right to remain on the School Board after spewing such hateful opinions. The troubling issue for many people regarding Artvoice is that while I too have a first amendment right to print whatever I want I’m under no legal obligation to print what Carl Paladino sent to me, therefore, it’s under my discretion whether to release Paladino’s comments or to censor them and hide them from the public. It is my belief that censorship is an evil tool used to manipulate what we’re allowed to see and think and often seeks to suppress brilliant and controversial artists like Robert Maplethorpe, James Joyce, Allen Ginsberg, Vladimir Nabokov, William S. Burroughs, and so on. Those artists were banned because people with the power to ban them found their work offensive. Fortunately, the first amendment eventually prevailed and their work was made available. While there is certainly nothing beneficial or artistic about Carl Paladino’s Obama remarks I could not bring myself to selectively say people are allowed to see what Jim Heaney said but they are not allowed to see what Carl Paladino said because he will offend people. In the 1950s, Howl publisher and City

Lights Bookstore owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti was arrested and tried for printing homosexual obscenity. Many others were arrested in that era for being “un-American” because of their thoughts about communism. In the novel 1984, by George Orwell, the Thought Police are charged with uncovering and punishing “unapproved thoughts” as crimes, an “Orwellian” nightmare world of fear and submission to authority. In one of his previous controversial and “politically incorrect” moments Paladino criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for marching in New York City’s Gay Pride Parade and railed against “brainwashing our kids that it’s okay to be gay.” Paladino would no doubt remove gay artists Mapplethorpe and Ginsburg from our view. If it’s okay for me to remove Paladino’s words from public view then it’s okay for him to remove Allen Ginsburg’s poetry from libraries and bookstores. None of that is okay with me.   I also know that my role as publisher of an alternative weekly is not to ensure that everyone only reads what makes them happy and comfortable but to be an open window to view the reality of our community and the people in it, both the beautiful and the ugly. There’s very little room for censorship in my view unless it encourages violence or illegal acts. As people in WNY know, Carl Paladino has made it a point to be “politically incorrect” and FOX News pundits like Sean Hannity and Mike Huckabee have gushed over Paladino’s willingness to be confrontational and outrageous. There’s no doubt in my mind that New Yorker Donald Trump used political underdog Carl Paladino’s upset win over entrenched establishment republicans in the New York gubernatorial primaries as the playbook model for his presidential bid. Unfortunately for Paladino, Trump is now distancing himself from an ally that has become politically toxic. While Paladino’s remarks about the Obamas are shocking it is not shocking that he made them. This is Paladino being as politically incorrect as he can possibly be, his adopted combative way of waking people up to his political issues. Unlike Paladino, I like the Obamas. They have been a model in civility and parenting that we should all be proud of. Were

it not for republicans who, rather than work toward compromise, were obsessed with blocking every attempt by Obama to do things he deemed beneficial to the American people president Obama would probably have accomplished much more to ensure the health of our economic future and our environment. So personally, I was uncomfortable with Paladino’s remarks and found them offensive, but that doesn’t relieve me of my responsibility to publish the truth. The truth is 40 people answered our survey and I truthfully published what every one of them had to say without prejudice. Unlike end-of-year surveys Artvoice has run in the past this one had an ulterior motive, one which had nothing to do with Carl Paladino. My motive was question number four and my goal was to gauge support for building the new Amtrak station at Central Terminal, which I wrote a cover story about two weeks earlier. Sadly, although the majority of responses did choose Central Terminal that topic got lost in the storm.

TRUMPED AGAIN What happened in the days following Artvoice publishing Carl Paladino’s remarks in our survey is a microcosm of much of what’s wrong in this country today. The viral explosion of Paladino’s remarks across national news media was not about Carl Paladino it was about Donald Trump and that’s reflected in all the headlines. Every Trump associate, friend, business partner, campaign person or Trump administration named appointee is under the microscope. Any questionable appointment, like choosing EXXONMobile CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, is news and receives moderate attention. But a Trump campaign manager wishing Obama dead and Michelle Obama living in a cave in Africa is the kind of sensational news that immediately goes viral. Comments on the Washington Post website aricle “Trump ‘friend’ and N.Y. campaign co-chair says he wants Obama dead of ‘mad cow disease’ in 2017” had almost 4,000 comments, while an article on the same site about eight Trump cabinet picks had only 835 comments. Okay, we know Paladino’s remarks became “sensational news” for the nation but regardless of how repugnant Paladino’s comments may be the polar-

izing and vitriolic comments that are spewed from online users, particularly locally, are something to be ashamed of. Hate is a soul-destroying emotion and the hate I see online is saddening. Some examples: “Carl Paladino, I hope your family dies before Christmas.” “I will pray hard for Carl Paladino’s death ASAP” “He should die, this crappy crooked POS should fucking die.” It’s true that I found Paladino’s remarks about the Obamas offensive, but comments that Paladino “should fucking die” is the kind of response that only increases the hate and polarization we suffer. When I read, “I will pray for Carl Paladino’s death ASAP” I think more about the hate coming from that commenter than I do about Paladino. Is this genuine hate or someone who just wants to mindlessly be part of the lynch mob and fit in with the outraged social media crowd? I have a dear tech friend who calls these “virtue signals” by people who just want to fit in by signaling their righteous outrage over just about any controversial thing that’s trending at the moment. Paladino wished Obama would die of mad cow disease after having relations with a Hereford cow. That’s very unlikely to happen, which makes his death wish an illustration of his hate for Obama not something he reasonably expects might come true. “I will pray hard for Paladino’s death” on the other hand lacks the metaphorical buffer that ensures we are not talking about reality.

WHY IS CARL PALADINO ON THE SCHOOL BOARD? A few years ago at Wegmans on Amherst St. a man was leaving the store with his 10-year-old daughter when he heard horrific screaming. He looked back and saw a man about 30 feet away wielding a steak knife in an overhand grip and repeatedly stabbing the screaming woman who he had pinned against a row of shopping carts. About a dozen people were circled around them watching with expressions of horror as blood spurted from multiple stab wounds, including her head and face. Several grown men were standing within inches of the attack but none of them made a move to help the woman. Thy

seemed paralyzed by the shock of what they were witnessing. The man raced over and grabbed the arm gripping the knife and started pulling the man off. Immediately the people nearby jumped in and lent a hand and held the man to the floor until store security arrived. The man with the knife was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the attempted murder of his wife. What’s the point of that story? The story is a visceral example that when something tragic is happening we can’t simply standby and watch with our mouths hanging dumbly open in disbelief. Someone has to take action. In Buffalo something tragic has been happening for years in our failing public schools and like stopping a stabbing or saving a drowning swimmer, hate him as you will, but Paladino joined the school board to take action in what he saw as a tragedy. The school board is our mechanism for determining everything from LGBT bathroom policy to the quality of school administrators, what our children eat, who operates school buses, union contracts, building improvements and much more, yet very few people care enough to vote for who will be on the board making those decisions. Everyone believes a good education is critical to ensuring a decent future for our children and critical to keeping young families living in the city and yet on average 95% of registered voters don’t bother to vote in School Board elections. That’s a staggering testament of Buffalo voters being uninvolved, as is the fact that Byron Brown was elected mayor by only10% of the population. Apparently the majority of people in Buffalo don’t care enough to exercise their right to vote to determine who’s elected and what happens in our schools or our city.  I find it interesting that Carl Paladino was elected to the School Board with a mere 1,636 votes, and then over 23,000 people signed a petition for him to be removed from that board. Maybe if some of those people had bothered to vote Paladino would not be on the school board That apathy is an ailment that plagues Buffalo, we don’t lead we just react to events that happen. We don’t vote but we do complain about who was elected. Preservationist Tim Tielman can cry out for years about a precious building

deteriorating but no one pays attention until the wrecking ball is at the doorstep with an order to demolish. Then everyone jumps online and signs a petition.


• Launched an audit and civil complaint to recover hundreds of millions in excess spending by Ciminelli in the Schools Construction Project • Created an educational program for English Language Learners for growing immigrant and refugee community.

Before joining the board Carl Paladino had been railing for years against what he termed a dysfunctional school board, which at the time had a board majority of black women he labeled “the sisterhood.” That was probably the beginning of charges of racism leveled against him. He claimed the board was inept and corrupt and he mailed and emailed lengthy editorials to me and others explaining his reasons for saying that. To be honest, I didn’t read through most of what he sent because it was dense with school board governance issues that I didn’t understand. I do know that was the same board that allowed Ciminelli Construction to spend $1.4 billion dollars with no oversight whatsoever in spite of a contract that required a review of spending. They never did a review even once and now we know that $400 million is mysteriously unaccounted for and Ciminelli is refusing to say where it went. That was also the same school board that granted Ciminelli Construction every request it asked for that benefitted Ciminelli and hurt taxpayers. That was the same school board that hired superintendents James Harris, James Williams and Pam Brown, all complete disasters.

* Restored physical education to every

So rather than continue to write and rant Paladino got elected to the school board and engineered bringing on new members and reversed the majority. The Paladino majority accomplishments are something to be considered in any criticism of his tenure at the board:

If Paladino resigns (unlikely) or is removed

elementary school in the district. (Apparently Carl Paladino was invited to write about the school board in this issue so let him explain the issues.) The make up of school board changed again in 2016. Paladino has always been at odds with the Buffalo Teachers Federation and its union leader Phil Rumore and in the school board election of 2016 the BTF backed candidates were successful in knocking off James Sampson and Jay McCarthy, ending the Paladino majority. So where are we now? Paladino has lost his majority, his comments in Artvoice have cemented his position as “unwanted person” and the school board has voted 6 to 2 to request the state to remove him from the board. Okay, so we know that we’re against racism, but what are we for? Do we still have a polarized school board? by the state will the protest groups evaporate into their accustomed apathy, or will they continue to engage in a discussion to improve Buffalo public schools? Will the 23,000 people who signed a petition to

• Graduation rates increased from 46% to 61%

remove Carl Paladino show up to vote in

• Nine schools moved off the state’s “failing” category and four moved onto the “good standing” category.

interest only momentarily engaged when

• Superintendent Cash Kriner was recruited and hired.

public school that going forward people

• The board approved an extended school day and smaller early elementary class sizes for the most at risk students.

improving our schools.

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How Union President Rumore Co-opted the Buffalo School Board and Rigged the Teacher’s Contract By Carl Paladino Rumore v Taxpayers, Parents, and Children In 2016, when both friends of Phil Rumore, the president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) suggested he retire, Rumore began his final assault on the taxpayers, parents and children of the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS). For over 30 years, Rumore had successfully and brilliantly negotiated on behalf of Buffalo teachers against a cadre of “halfwits” – people who were elected or appointed to represent the interests of parents, students and taxpayers – but merely pandered to the BTF. A “halfwit” can be someone who is intentionally motivated to serve interests other than the community or someone who is just actually stupid. In any event, Buffalo’s halfwits were very inclined to sympathize with union desires and concerns while remaining oblivious to the desires of the citizens of Buffalo for their children to have a quality opportunity for a good education. Teachers’ contract lingered until Rumore was ready. The contract between the BTF and the BPS expired 12 years ago, but because of something unique in New York State – the Triborough Amendment to the Taylor Law – the terms of expired union contracts with municipalities continue in force until a new contract is signed. The members get to keep all their benefits, along with the yearly step salary increase built into the old deal. During the 12 years that the expired contract terms remained in place, teachers were receiving step increases in wages averaging around 2.5% per year. Consequently, despite sporadic feigning to negotiate, Rumore was in no hurry to finally settle the contract until he decided to retire. District need: The recovery of management prerogatives. Over the years, Rumore quite literally outsmarted and mastered his halfwit 6

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As President of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, Phil Rumore has negotiated contracts for teachers that critics say are overly generous. As examples of Rumore’s successful negotiating strategy over the years, Buffalo teachers have pooled sick days; can sell back unused sick days, have an early retirement incentive plan, a top of the line health care plan; for years have had the shortest work day (6:50), and the shortest work year (186 days); the highest number of personal days (5) and rank among the highest cost (total compensation) for teachers in all of the 32 school districts in Erie County and statewide.

adversaries. He amazingly assembled for his union an array of prerogatives usually reserved to management in other school districts. His superior negotiating skills tied the hands of management so badly that the BPS has been severely hampered in its management functions. For instance, the BPS is unable to select a swimming coach at a school based on ability because seniority comes first. It is foolish and laughable, especially when there is a financial stipend incentive, for teachers with no expertise teaching swimming to take the job. We actually have schools with swimming coaches who can’t swim. There are hundreds of other examples. Unlike other school districts, our superintendent must get approval from the union leaders to appoint, promote or assign an administrator or teacher. Finances are in shambles, but Rumore wants every last nickel. The District’s problem is that everyone knows what it has in its reserves (money set aside for other than for day-to-day expenses). Rumore has always looked at it

East High School had a graduation rate artificially boosted by a principal who manipulated the numbers. He was placed on leave. It costs taxpayers an estimated $27,000 per year to send a student to the Buffalo Public Schools. In 2010, the Buffalo News reported that the Buffalo School District was the 3rd highest district in expenditures per student in the USA. In 2014, a Ballotpedia study found Buffalo moved up to number #2.

as the teachers’ money. Even a halfwit knows that is unfair. A minimum reserve of 4% of the annual budget is required by state law. There are other contracts to be settled. There are priorities to be paid for to better the quality of education, like reducing class sizes, helping parents get to the schools to participate in their child’s education, and implementing neighborhood schools to get the kids out of this ridiculous punishment for children: the liberal, feel good “busing” culture that requires a child with SED (serious emotional disturbances) to be on a bus for up to three hours every day instead of studying or being playing outside. Rumore’s initial demand was for every nickel in the reserves, every perk he had sought in the past, and to give back nothing, niente. Screw the kids and other needs. Buffalo is the only school district in New York State where all retired administrators and teachers are entitled to lifetime private health care for them and their spouse until they die, despite the availability of government paid Medicare. Last year that

unsustainable package cost the district over $75 million. It was vital that any new contract provide for an end to such a burden for all new hires, a phase out which would take over 30 years to implement. The BPS cost is record high and education is record low. The BPS combined general, food service and grants budgets total approximately $1 billion per year (funded with city, state and federal money) or about $24,000 per student for about 41,800 students; 33,000 in the BPS, and 8,800 students in Charter public schools. Deduct from the $1 billion, $110 million, which is $12,500/student for 8,800 students in Charters, leaving $890 million, or $27,000 per student for the BPS to educate 33,000 kids. For comparison, the tuition at Nichols School is $22,000 per year; at Canisius, St. Joe’s, and St. Francis, about $12,000 per year. West Seneca, Tonawanda, etc. spend $12-15,000 per year to educate a (Continued on the next page)

Charters actually help BPS budget per student. overall cost per teacher (when you include the forever health care and other highly unusual, unique to Buffalo benefits, like the forever abused vacation and sick day benefits and the concept of pooling sick days) is the highest in the state, if not the entire country. The dysfunction

I ran for the school board on a platform that parents and taxpayers should control the school district – not the teachers’ unions. The holding of school board elections in May (not in November when voter turnout is larger) was originally arranged by Democrats in Albany to aid the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) efforts to maintain control over the big 5 urban school districts. New Yorkers pay more for education, pupil for pupil, than any other state.

(Continued from previous page) student. These schools and public charters somehow teach students far better for much less than the BPS. In fact, there is no shortage of student achievement standards that would support the argument that we are paying the most for the least. Now you are getting a hint at the genius of Phil Rumore. He has– with the help of a successive group of halfwits– helped guide the BPS to become one of the most expensive but least productive school districts in America. It could be worse. Charters actually help BPS budget per student. When the brainless complain about Charter schools, think of this: The charters, which actually teach well, in effect subsidize the BPS, which overall doesn’t teach well at all. Consider that the BPS is always irresponsibly broke, passing deficit budgets every year. Yet, if the Charter school-haters on the board actually got their wish and shut down all of the Charter schools, BPS would need to take in 8,800 students now enrolled in Charters, but would get only $12,500 per student in revenue. Do you

The irony of this expensive cost per teacher is that, except for the Criterion Schools of Excellence and a few others, BPS doesn’t actually teach. When one views the statistics, keep in mind that the Criterion Schools pull the averages up. Most of the other schools – by comparable standards – are utter failures. Even with the 12 or so well performing schools included, the overall statistics are pathetic. (Continued on the next page)

think the unions would help with a pay cut? I have been falsely accused by Board members with other motivations of benefiting from my financial support of Charter schools. After years witnessing the overall success of Charters compared to the dysfunctional Buffalo Public Schools, I learned that Albany, to placate New York State United Teachers, limited Charter expansion and sought to kill them off by extending only five year licenses, which gave no “risk comfort” to banks and developers. In the interest of helping Buffalo students have good educational opportunities, I gave my signature to guarantee Charter expansion. I have now guaranteed millions of dollars of high-risk bank loans to Charters. Sandra Tan of the Buffalo News wanted to investigate the “great profit” question. I invited her to my office and opened our books to show her that the marginal, 5 to 10% profit we earned on these investments was nowhere near what others would expect, considering the risk. I can say that the Charter schools we helped, which educate about 3000 city children, would not exist today except for our efforts. Despite all the lies and fabrications that Phil Rumore has thrown around about our poor and overworked teachers, our | jan 5 - jan 12, 2017


I take on the pro-union school board (Continued from previous page) The true graduation rate is well below 50%, below 20% for black males, when you discount for the common, historical practice of improving statistics by simply manipulating numbers when it comes to addressing graduation rates, attendance and especially violence. No wonder Buffalo is the third poorest city in America today. Violence, bullying and fighting with teachers and other students is rampant and out of control in the BPS primarily because of the lame policy of restorative justice, which gives no credible consequence for bad acts. To resolve the problem, the BPS declared the goal to be fewer suspensions. The methodology and action plan was simply to, off the record, instruct lame principals to stop suspending students for violent actions. While violent incidents this past year shot up dramatically, the

Doing something right: Nichols School’s tuition is $22,000 per year, which is less than the cost for educating a child at Buffalo Public Schools.

mayor’s solution was to replace the officer in charge of the BPS Buffalo Police detail with an officer who goes around to get photo ops with kids, painting a false pic-

ture of happy schools, belying the extreme chaos that exists daily. But we should be happy. Suspensions are down significantly. Still, it doesn’t take a genius to learn how incompetent principals like Casey Young, the principal at East High School, upped his graduation statistics, pushing kids through by changing grades, having phony classrooms, etc. He admitted to me at one time that he put 135 kids on the streets to improve the stats for that cohort. Board member Sharon Cottman provided him cover until she couldn’t anymore, as the cheating principal’s actions became more notorious and impossible to hide. At School 37 last year, with over 600 elementary students, the proficiency in passing the state standardized math test was zero. The proficiency in English was 2%. I take on the pro-union school board When I was first elected to the nine-member Buffalo School Board in 2013, it was eight against one — me. Some people considered that unfair; seeking to expand the Board to at least 15 members which, they thought, would come closer to evening the odds — 14 against me. But make it 100 to 1. It doesn’t matter when you look at the low quality of my opposition. Exposing the underbelly of the beast – the ingrained incompetency, the waste, the violence, the attendance problems, the


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School Board President Dr. Barbara Seals-Nevergold.

friends and family hiring, the promoting and assignment morale killer, the kick the can down the road reaction to bad staff, ambivalence and, in the case of the Joint Schools Construction Board (JSCB), the blatant and criminal corruption – was the battle I waged alone, and people caught on. For a time, we gained a majority on the Board. Unfortunately, our sometimes Board of Education majority, with the insular and indecisive Jim Sampson as president, finally fired the incompetent superintendent, Pamela Brown, but then made a huge mistake– my mistake — and theirs for listening to me: They picked the treacherous interim successor, Donald Ogilvie, who was recommended to me as a strong local who knew where all the bodies were buried and would clean up the mess. He turned out to be a nightmarish wimp, all for the status quo. The majority then over-reacted in selecting Kriner Cash, a nice man, but an outsider, who, although knowledgeable and experienced, had no idea what he was facing in Buffalo. His first mistake was reappointing many corrupt and incompetent executive staffers who would, as they had done for years, collaborate with racist, abusive and ignorant minority Board members and the leaders of the two big unions, Phil Rumore and Crystal Barton, of the American Federation of School Administrators, principal of McKinley High School, and ostensible (Continued on the next page)

Kriner plays out of his league per month “minority consultant” during the Joint Schools Construction Project (JSCB), participated heavily in the effort to defeat our majority because they knew that their pawn, Barbara Nevergold, as Board President, who they own lock, stock and barrel because of her complicity as a former JSCB member, would remove Larry Quinn and I, the only Board members who know anything about construction, from the JSCB. Unfortunately for them, the matter will not simply go away. We will continue pursuing Ciminelli for an accounting of the missing $450 million and the FBI will continue its criminal investigation, despite Nevergold’s attempts at cover up.

Supt. Kriner Cash was the lead negotiator for the school district.

(Continued from previous page) leader of the secret society–(shadow administration of the BPS). Kriner had a bias in favor of continuing the failed New York State urban school district model, maintaining the status quo and trying to tweak the dysfunction, in the endless and mindless pursuit of doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. In effect, it’s like praying for a miracle instead of attacking and destroying the dysfunction in favor of real choice with more charters, vouchers and tax credits to create real competition. Kriner has also not been able to confront and deal with the interference and desire to micromanage coming from the new majority minority women on the Board. In my opinion, the new members of the Board majority, unable to address any logical or doable response to important issues, do what the older members have done historically: They play the race card. We now have a Board majority, composed of small-minded racists, devoid of any discernible leadership skills or actual care for the minority community, making bad decisions, like rigging the teachers’ contract. They and their screaming activist cohorts seek to maintain power they couldn’t get

anywhere else. School Board Elections Held in May, Designed with Unions in Mind School Board members are elected by less than 5% of the electorate in a separate May election maintained by Albany Democrat legislative leadership to hold our minority children captive, hungry and uneducated, in a cycle of poverty in our inner cities, for no other good reason than to maintain the Democrat voting base. Unions rig elections by proposing candidates with union centric goals. Let’s face it, while the average parent of students in the BPS and the average taxpayer do not vote in the May School Board election, the average union teacher will vote– and for the candidate who supports the union. That one little difference, combined with low overall turnout, gives Rumore the incredible power to rig a contract. If the blacks on the School Board really wanted to impact the dysfunction of the BPS and give real choice to the parents to get their kids out of the bad environment, why wouldn’t they favor more charters, vouchers and tax credits? Why do they defend the sick and malevolent status quo?

Carl Paladino opposed the closed door session where the teachers’ contract was discussed by the board.

Maybe because they also believe that hiring, appointing, promotion and assignment in the ranks of teachers and administrators must be based on diversity (code for friends and family) and not merit. They seek quotas and harp on diversity in hiring, appointing, promoting and assigning staff with only a secondary consideration for ability, competency and experience. No policy is more devastating to morale than taking merit out of the equation. The Rumore plan Recognizing that he needed a majority on the Board, Rumore put together and financed through NYSUT a coalition of unions set up by the ignominious Richard Lipsitz of the Labor Federation, activist groups, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, shadow government leader and bagman Maurice Garner, Lou Ciminelli and a motley group of “loonies and crazies” to win a new majority in the May, 2016 election, promising the candidates full financial and resource support in return for only one quid pro quo: They had to promise that when the time came to vote on a new teachers contract, they would vote ‘yes’ on whatever was put in front of them. Lou Ciminelli, enriched by the unprecedented $450 million fleecing he gave the BPS, and Maurice Garner, his $10,000

It all begs the questions: Is Nevergold a co-conspirator with Ciminelli? Why isn’t she conflicted on any matters involving me? Did she get a payoff to look the other way when she was a member of the JSCB? Is this one of the real reasons she now wants me off of the School Board? School Board member Hope Jay’s motives are also fairly clear. As the current (or former) girlfriend of Erie County Executive Mark Polancarz, she looks to get me off the Board and push back on me because I have (preliminarily) revealed Mark’s pay to play scheme when he conspired to give one of his favorite donor/developers the Erie County Social Services lease by moving them from 478 Main St., owned by me and, among others, Frank McGuire. The game was to get a stupid, biased and self-interested broker to prepare two separate analyses, both showing that our deal was more expensive than Paul Ciminelli’s deal, which I and the Erie County Legislature, confirmed by Erie County Comptroller, Stefan Mychajliw, have revealed as the other way around – to the tune of over $3 million and a blatant lie. Although the BTF and the BPS are, and should be, adversarial to each other’s interests, the law says unions can contribute money and resources to School Board members. But the real question, which will be investigated, is whether or not it is legal for a Board member to take money and support from the adversarial union in return for her vote on the union’s contract. Kriner plays out of his league Our former majority on the Board had (Continued on the next page) | jan 5 - jan 12, 2017


A ‘Done Deal’ in illegal Executive Session At the meeting, School Board Member Larry Quinn and I demanded that the discussion be held in the open with the public. The majority voted illegally to take it into executive session. Quinn and I refused to go into executive session demanding open meeting transparency. The majority didn’t want transparency. We could smell that the deal was rigged.

(Continued from previous page) previously retained the services of a high quality attorney to bargain with Rumore. Constantly complaining, on behalf of Rumore, that our attorney was costing too much ($100,000 is peanuts when considering the hundreds of millions of dollars at stake), Barbara Nevergold, after the election of the new majority, as the newly appointed president, successfully “persuaded” Kriner Cash to discharge the attorney and appoint himself lead negotiator against Rumore. Rumore, once again, had created the perfect setting by refusing to negotiate with the Board’s attorney, not showing up for meetings and constantly adjourning negotiations, all in bad faith, but carefully executed to get Kriner to react to Nevergold and fire the attorney, which he did without informing the Board as a whole. Nevergold and Rumore fed Kriner’s ego and he bit, making the biggest mistake of his career in thinking that he could take on a negotiation with Rumore, who had eaten people like Kriner for lunch for years. Almost immediately after winning the new majority, Rumore demanded negotiations.,The Board met with Nate Kuzma, our in-house deputy general counsel, giving him instructions on what terms would be acceptable. I advised, on many occasions, that we should not bargain against

The battle between Barbara Nevergold and Carl Paladino has been described as a battle between the teachers’ union and its teachers and the parents and taxpayers of Buffalo.

ourselves, which means that when we put a proposal on the table, we don’t improve the proposal without Phil first putting his proposal or counter proposal on the table. From day one Kriner was on the defensive, getting nothing substantive from Rumore, but upping our proposal. It was sad to watch. Nate tried to make it look good in his presentations but the reality was obvious. We were going nowhere. That is when Phil showed his real talent. Publicly he announced a date for a meeting of the BTF to vote on a proposed contract, but privately he and others leaked to the News that the union intended an illegal strike if a contract was not signed by the date of the meeting. Tiffany Lankes at the Buffalo News reported the potential illegal strike. This panicked Kriner and created the illusion that time was short and chaos was looming. Kriner did not want to be at the helm if there was a strike and the poor children had no one to teach or babysit them. After all, it wasn’t his money, and he knew the Board majority would wink and sign off. He had to give a lot more. In an executive session on the Wednesday before Phil’s scheduled meeting, Nate brought the Board up to date on what terms had been agreed to. Kriner said he needed authority for more money from the reserves. He said he needed another $10 million and he was certain he could get the return of the management prerogatives


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and even end lifetime health care for new hires, but he had to put the money on the table to avoid a disastrous strike. I asked “What is with this nonsense about a strike?” Nate and Kriner both said we couldn’t risk it; it would be terrible for Buffalo (That is where I first saw Byron Brown looming over the issue). I pleaded with Kriner to disregard the illegal strike talk and stop panicking over it because even if they illegally went on strike, no one would care. We would just put a bunch of babysitters in the schools and Phil would go to jail for a few days. How sick is it to sit in an executive session, ostensibly held to keep the discussion private, but knowing full well that within minutes Rumore, our adversary, would know from treacherous Board members everything discussed in the meeting. My advice went unheeded. A ‘Done Deal’ in illegal Executive Session A few days later, Kriner announced a tentative agreement but, obviously at the instruction of Nevergold, the terms wouldn’t be disclosed publicly. Even Board members couldn’t see it in advance of the special meeting where they would vote on it.

We received copies of the deal when the Board returned to open session and were expected to read, digest and be prepared to debate and vote on it immediately. Nevergold, the righteous leader of the conspiracy to sell out the kids, permitted me to ask, as I recall, one question, then she took a motion from Cottman and Jay to cut off debate and vote. Quinn and I voted no. The enormously favorable deal for the BTF was fixed. We learned later that in the last negotiating session, Rumore invited Kriner, without staff, to another room where Kriner caved on everything, giving Rumore $35 million instead of the $10 million authorized, extending the term and dropping all of our demands for return of management prerogatives and the end of retirement health care for new hires. He gave them the farm, the farm animals and equipment and the future hopes for the farm. Was Kriner played? Was he a knowing or an unknowing participant in rigging the deal? Do any of them recognize the damage that they did? Do any of them care? For Kriner, personally, he can write on his resume that he settled a 13-year-old contract. Does he have to deal with the aftermath? Not really; he can leave the disaster any time he wants. For the rest of the community, the parents and the students there is nothing new. Dysfunction everywhere is and has been Buffalo. The conspirators hurt the district illegally and irreparably, even using money restricted by state law, but more importantly depriving the kids of needed reforms and making it impossible to negotiate settlements with the other unions. Did the event show how morally and ethically bankrupt leadership is in our area, especially in the BPS? I think yes. Was there criminality? We’ll leave that to the public corruption unit of the FBI to decide. | jan 5 - jan 12, 2017


THE BPO GOES BAROQUE IN JANUARY the post-Christmas drought of classical music ends early this year BY JAN JEZIORO


or as long as any local classical music lover can remember, there has been a drought of live classical music performances, lasting roughly from Christmas Day, right till the end of January. Luckily this year, several key members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra organization, namely music director JoAnn Falletta, executive director Daniel Hart, and concertmaster Dennis Kim got their heads together and decided to program a pair concerts featuring the music of the Baroque era, in new venues in East Aurora and Clarence, giving those communities the chance to hear the BPO in their own backyards. As Dennis Kim explained: “We are committed to reaching out to new audiences, who may not have yet come to Kleinhans”. The first performance of the program takes place on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30pm in the Nativity Lutheran Church of East Aurora, at 970 East Main Street in East Aurora. The program will be repeated on Thursday at 7:30pm, at the Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St, in Clarence. Dennis Kim, who will lead the chamber orchestra and will be joined by 25 string section members of the BPO. Henry Ward, who won an audition in June

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of 2015 to become the new principal oboist of the BPO will be making his first appearance with the orchestra as a featured soloist. A native of Philadelphia, Ward previously served as acting associate principal oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. He has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand, and he made his solo debut performing Mozart’s Oboe Concerto with the Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestra in 2012. Ward has received fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center and the Music Academy of the West, and he has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival and Oregon Bach Festival Ward will be featured in Bach’s Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060R, along with BPO concertmaster Dennis Kim. In the modern era, performers on the oboe have the choice of three concertos by Bach for the standard oboe, and one for the closely related oboe d’Amore. Interestingly, each of the performing editions of these concertos is a reconstruction of the now lost original version. The score for this C minor concerto has been reconstructed from the ‘original’ version, based on a later transcription for two harpsichords, a then popular way for listeners to experience a work

Henry Ward, Oboe Soloist when orchestras were not all that common. While Kim has already led the BPO while performing the ‘Winter’ concerto from Vivaldi’s ever-popular Four Seasons in a concert last December, he will now do the same for the entire work. It turns out that Dennis Kim is no stranger to leading an orchestra without a conductor. “I’ve led concertos by Vivaldi and Bach while also playing the violin solo part in many of the orchestras where I’ve been the concertmaster,” says Kim, “and I’ve also done the same for works by Haydn and Mozart. One aspect of performing that I particularly enjoy is the chance to play baroque music on my violin, an instrument that was crafted during the baroque era”. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, Kim plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor. The program also includes the ‘Air’ movement from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068, where Bach drops out the wind instruments and timpani, as

he often does in the slow movements of his Brandenburg Concertos, allowing the strings alone to carry all the material. This movement is often referred to as the ‘Air on the G string’ because when it is transposed to C major the entire first violin part can be played on the G string alone. Tickets: $15; Students: $10. Phone: 8855000. Information: Dennis Kim at Royal Conservatory in Toronto Dennis Kim will also be performing in recital on Sunday January 15 at 2:30pm, at the Royal Conservatory of Ontario, which is located at 273 Bloor Street West in Toronto. Kim will be joined for the event in Mazzoleni Concert Hall by Diana Doherty, who is currently the principal oboe of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia, and students and faculty members of the Conservatory. In addition to the Bach Double Concerto, and the ‘Winter’ Concerto from the Four Seasons, which Kim will be performing locally, the program includes Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, and works for solo oboe. Tickets: $25. Information:



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The Jewish Repertory Theatre continues its 2016-17 “season of Amy Herzog” with her 2010 play After the Revolution. Directed by Saul Elkin, the production will star Anne Roaldi Boucher, Keith Elkins, Lisa Ludwig, David Marciniak, Adam Rath, Tina Rausa, Bonnie Taylor, and Steve Vaughan. After the Revolution runs February 9th – March 5th.



GROUNDED, one woman play by George Brant, directed by Kristen Tripp Kelley, starring Aleks Malejs. Jan 6-22, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (8297668).


FRANKENSTEIN, worldpremiere adaptation of the classic horror novel, written and directed by David Oliver, starring Jonas Barranca, Steve Copps, Gerry Maher, Candice Kogut, Joel Fesmire, John Profeta, Adam Yellen, Marisa Caruso. Jan 20Feb 12, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 500 Pearl St. (629-3069). www. MARIELA IN THE DESERT, drama by Karen Zacarías presented by Raíces Theatre Company, directed by Rebecca Ward, starring Melinda Capeles Rowe, Lissette DeJesus, Rolando Martín Gómez, Sean Marciniak, Carlos Rafael Maggiolo, Victoria Pérez. Jan 20-Feb 5, Thu at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 6. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., 3rd floor (381-9333). STEVE, play by Mark Gerrard presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Jessica K. Rasp, starring Zachary Bellus, Caitlin Coleman, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, David Granville, Eric Rawski, Michael Seitz. Jan 20-Feb 11, Fri & Sat at 8. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (886-9239).

theater is partnering with the WNY Alzheimer’s Association for this production.

The fabulous Marlo Thomas (pictured above), who jumped into fame when she starred in and produced the 1966-1971 TV show That Girl (the first TV show to focus on a working, single woman), is getting ready to launch her first fashion/ accessories line That Woman! for the Home Shopping Network on January 19th. Thomas’s big break had come a year earlier, in 1965, when Mike Nichols cast her in the London production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. Last year she starred off Broadway in the comedy Clever Little Lies, and she has just finished shooting scenes for the movie Ocean’s Eight, an Ocean’s Eleven spinoff with a star-studded female cast. Thomas turned 79 this past November. Director/choreographer Lynne KurdzielFormato will return to Buffalo next season to direct and choreograph the Kavinoky’s production of the acclaimed Mel Brooks musical The Producers. With musical direction by Mark Vona, the show will star Norm Sham and Brian Mysliwy and is scheduled to open in the September Curtain Up slot. In the meantime, the company will finish its current season with The Father, a play by French playwright Florian Zeller about an elderly man struggling with dementia. The play was presented on Broadway last season starring Frank Langella, who received his fourth Tony Award for his performance. The local production will be directed by Robert Waterhouse, starring David Lamb. Opening on April 28th, the production will also star Aleks Malejs, Jen Stafford, Kristen Bentley, Chris Evans, and Adriano Gatto. The

Ring of Fire (the musical revue featuring the music of Johnny Cash) comes back home, sort of, this coming February. The show had its world premiere in Fall 2005 at Studio Arena before going to Broadway where it had a brief run from March to April 2006. A reconceived version was presented to great acclaim at Milwaukee Repertory Theater in Wisconsin. Musicalfare presented the show, also to enthusiastic acclaim, in January 2016. Now the company’s same production will play February 16th -March 5th at Shea’s 710 Theatre (the former Studio Arena). Directed and choreographed by Michael Walline, the entire original cast returns for this remounting: Katie Clark, Steve Copps, Kevin Craig, Philip Farugia, Bob Mazierski, Theresa Quinn, Zak Ward, and Maggie Zindle. The cast was awarded the 2016 Artie Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical. Musical direction provided by Quinn and Farugia.

direction of JoAnn Falletta. There will be three performances only, January 20th and 21st at 8 p.m. and January 22nd at 2 p.m. Single tickets are on sale at the BPO box office (885-5000). Chautauqua Theater Company 2017 summer season will consist of Michael Frayn’s farce Noises Off, Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67, and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The season kicks off on July 1st. The last weewwk of 2016 was a sad one for Broadway. Carrie Fisher (pictured below) and Debbie Reynolds (bottom photo) died respectively on December 28th and 27th. Both mother and daughter made their Broadway debuts in the same show: the 1973 revival of the musical Irene. George S. Irving, Reynolds’s co-star in Irene, died on December 26th at 94. He was in the original production of Oklahoma! in 1943.

After having much success with Peter Shaffer’s Equus, co-starring Vincent O’Neill and PJ Tighe, the Irish Classical Theatre gives it another go with Shaffer’s Amadeus, also co-starring O’Neill and Tighe (as Antonio Salieri and Amadeus Mozart), this time directed by Fortunato Pezzimenti. The production, which also stars Anthony Alcocer, Ray Boucher, David Lundy, Elliot Fox, Doug Weyand, and Kathleen Macari, will play at Kleinhans while the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs Mozart’s music under the | jan 5 - jan 12, 2017


‘Wrong House’ Raid Leads to Death of Dog for Sgt. Aljoe

By FRANK PARLATO Working off a tip from ‘snitch’, Buffalo Police Lieutenant Sean O’Brien and Detective Shawn Adams went before the Chief Judge of Buffalo City Courts, the Hon. Judge Thomas Amodeo, and swore they had probable cause to raid a house in Buffalo where a man – whose name they did not know - was selling heroin and marijuana. Neither could police tell the judge the age, height or weight of the man, or whether he was white, brown, yellow, black or red, but they knew his address was 85 Ullman; a green house, with white trim. On Dec. 15, the search warrant was signed. Where the name of the target is normally listed were six initials: FNU, LNU, (First Name Unknown; Last Name Unknown). On the early morning of December 21, in the final hours of darkness of what was the longest night of the year, a SWAT of Buffalo Police Narcotics Officers, in paramilitary gear, stormed the Ullman St. home. Inside, they encountered a grey haired, white man and a Shepard. Within seconds, police ordered the man to lie on the floor face down and shot his dog in the head. Moving through the house, they found another white man, with dark hair, in an upstairs bedroom. He had been sleeping, but gunshots that killed the dog awakened him. He was ordered to the floor. Scouring the house, pulling items out of closets and dressers, knocking over décor, moving deftly around the dead Shepard, they searched for marijuana and heroin. On the Winter Solstice, with dawn not arrived, an old man was on the floor, his dead dog nearby and a young man face 14

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US Army Sergeant First Class Gary Aljoe, retired, served his country well. How will his country return the favor?

down in his room. It must have seemed like the wild hunt of Odin. Innocence or guilt is not considered, save to leave the leg of a slain animal, in this case a dog. While there was no heroin or marijuana in the house, in the room upstairs, police found a baggie and inside it, residue, whitish in color, almost microscopic in quantity. Police knew the baggie had once been used to hold a dime bag of cocaine – worth $10. It held 25 cents worth of cocaine dust. They arrested Garret Aljoe, 33, an employee at a local pizza parlor. Handcuffed, they led Garret out to a waiting car. Downstairs, police allowed the grey haired man to get up off the floor, as Buffalo Animal Control Officer Anibal Sepulveda gathered the carcass. After eight years with the family, the Shepard was leaving in a bag, headed to an incinerator at the

SPCA on Ensminger Rd. The police joked among themselves, judging the old man of no account, speaking of heroics – in shooting a dog not once but twice - as if the old man wasn’t present and they had returned from Cain’s hunt. As bravely as they stormed in, they strode out, seemingly wild on steroids, leaving the old man to mop up the blood and pick up possessions scattered on the floor. When they left, the old man called Matt Albert, Esq. a lawyer well known for representing people whose homes have been wrongly raided and their dogs shot to death. And while police never bothered to learn the name of the man whose home they raided, they could have learned it easily enough. A simple google search of the

Sarge, a German Shepard, belonging to Sgt. Aljoe, was shot by police in a 'wrong house' raid.

address would have revealed it. He was retired Sergeant First Class, Gary L. Aljoe, 64, a veteran of 37 years in the US Army. He retained Albert to sue the city. During his tour of duty, Sgt. Aljoe was an engineer who led men to build and rebuild. Not too long before he retired, he had been in Panama building schools and clinics. And 15 years ago, on another somber Christmas, he was stationed in midtown Manhattan. The year was 2001. He arrived in the few days following 9-11. For months, Sgt. Aljoe worked amid toxic dust from collapsed towers and decaying bodies. He toiled amid pulverized concrete, and airborne cellulose, lead, mercury, carcinogen asbestos, dioxins, and PAHs exacerbated by fires that burned for months.

Buffalo Police kill dog at wrong house again Sgt. Aljoe was picking up the pieces, and breathing in crystalline silica, lead, cadmium, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – carcinogenic; and substances which trigger kidney, heart, liver and nervous system disease. This was well known to the Federal EPA at the time, and the Army that was called in. At the vanguard was SFC Gary Aljoe. To the police who invaded his modest home and killed his dog, he did not look like much. Then again, Sgt. Aljoe never expected the Chief Judge of the City, on the word of police who could not even name him, would authorize the raid of his home in predawn darkness. Albert moved quickly for his client and stopped the incineration of his dog which was transported to Cornell University for an independent necropsy report which is expected to show whether the dog was shot at a distance and not a threat to officers.

Albert is pursuing lawsuits in a dozen wrong house raids and dog killings. He says city attorneys discount claims of poor clients whose property, they say, is worthless, whose dog is worth no more than the price of a new one, and whose right to not have their home invaded on the word of a snitch is proportionate to the political or economic power they hold. The city will face Sgt. Aljoe, a hero of 9-11. Police and the judges who empower them to raid the homes of poor people, may wish to consider that in these homes live real people. He thought he would retire quietly, but a dark and dreadful influence caused a deep injustice to Sgt. FC Gary Aljoe which he is honor bound to protest. In a sense, he has been called to serve his country again.

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Victims of anthony bruce come forward to tell their shocking tales of injustice A few weeks ago this publication began seeking people wrongly accused by former Assistant US Attorney Anthony M. Bruce who retired last year after 38 years with the US Attorney’s office. Public service announcements appeared in Artvoice, the Niagara Falls Reporter, the South Buffalo News and the Front Page seeking to hear from people who claimed they were victims of Bruce. There had been rumors about him for years. “Upon information and belief,” the public service announcement reads, “… Anthony Bruce suborned perjury, obstructed justice, deceived the courts, recklessly and blatantly disregarded evidence that pointed to innocence, lied by omission, and committed outright fraud and perjury as a regular pattern of conduct during his notorious 38 year role as an assistant US attorney and sent an unknown number of innocent people to prison. … If you were a victim of Bruce … Contact Parlato at 716-990-5740 or email” Since running the announcement, more than two dozen lawyers, defendants, witnesses, convicts, people who were indicted and acquitted and others have claimed they or someone they knew were falsely accused by Anthony Bruce. Next week and every week thereafter, this publication will tell a fascinating yet grotesque case story which was handled by Bruce and where an eyewitness has come forward to tell his or her tale. Cases like that of Bhavesh Kamdar, where Bruce likely committed the crime of obstruction of justice when he changed a pre trial report which recommended “moderate [bail] bond” to “no bond” and submitted the falsified document to a magistrate judge.


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While Kamdar was never convicted, Bruce should have and but for the cover he got from a former US Attorney he would have been charged and disbarred for his attempt to deceioeve the court to place Kamdar in prison, awaiting trial, a much harder place to conduct an effective defense. Then there is the case of David Knoll, a successful lawyer, who Bruce, out to destroy him, made a deal with a bank robber in federal prison to trade a robber’s freedom for something “incriminating” against Knoll if it wound up in Bruce’s possession. The story bears retelling of how a bank robber in prison was able to arrange a burglary of Knoll’s law office and how Bruce wound up with the stolen documents and used them to indict lawyer Knoll. Then there is the case of Paul Rutherford. Bruce again went into the prisons, this time to persuade a convicted killer sitting in prison for 20 years to claim Rutherford killed his victim two decades earlier. Rutherford was acquitted but not before he spent time in prison awaiting trial where he went deaf, and after the murderer himself confessed on the witness stand that Bruce promised him he could get out of prison if he “remembered’ Rutherford was the killer. Bruce was so mad, and the story bears telling, he tried to disbar Rutherford’s lawyers during the trial. Or the case of Mike Caggiano, who Bruce tormented for eight long years before he too was acquitted. Bruce claimed Caggiano’s harmless drunken bar fight was part of a union extortion, a willful lie Bruce threw into a complicated case Bruce was pursuing to make Local 17v seem violently ruthless.

Anthony Bruce is described by some as a sociopath. By others as a willful liar.

Caggiano was acquitted when the man he fought (and allegedly brutally stabbed) admitted he had been drinking with Caggiano for some 10 hours before they started their fight so drunk that they could barely stand. And that the stabbing injury Bruce conflated to the media to pretty up the indictment was nothing more than a pin hole puncture wound. The case of the Chosen Few, the motorcycle gang Bruce suborned perjury to get convictions is well known. Bruce was almost disbarred, as sources say, for his dishonesty in that. Consider if a man on the witness stand is proven to lie once, it can be assumed anything he says may be a lie. Why is it different for a prosecutor. Jeffrey A. Peterson, Thomas Freedenberg, Gerald E. Bove, Michael Eddy. Four innocent men were acquitted.

After putting numbers of innocent people through the ordeal of indictment and trial, Anthony Bruce retired to his pastoral home in Orchard Park to enjoy the good life.

“The verdict was a mixed verdict,” Bruce said at the time, thinking nothing of the ordeal he placed four men - who he knew or must have known if he had care to know – were innocent - through six weeks of trial in order to get one conviction –the man he had sought all along. These and other case stories we will tell. True cases of innocence suffering through the machinations of one ruthless prosecutor. Bruce enjoyed a conscienceless antipathy to Blackstone’s ratio. Blackstone said “it is better that 10 guilty men go free than one innocent suffer.” Bruce saw it differently. In his world the innocent and guilty alike suffered and for him, he was concerned solely with his pleasure – which to all normal men and women of good will could only be described as monstrous sadism and savagery. | jan 5 - jan 12, 2017


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Taxis Vs. Uber Like David Vs. Goliath By Tony Farina Uber and Lyft have blanketed Albany with money as they push state lawmakers and the governor to legalize expansion of their ride-hailing services to upstate cities, including Buffalo, but they don't want to operate under the same regulations that govern the taxi companies, including fingerprinting and background checks for drivers. Uber and Lyft paid nearly $1 million (Uber, $765,268, Lyft, $190,000) to lobbying companies in just the first six months of last year in their pitch to win support for expansion of their push-button ride-hailing services, with their opponents spending a fraction of that amount. While it didn't get done last year, this year could be different, according to all the signs. "It is kind of like David vs. Goliath," says Bill Yuhnke, president of Buffalo's Liberty Yellow Cab, "and I am David, trying to fight for the little guy." Yuhnke, who says Liberty has 416 cabs and many more drivers who make some kind of living with the long-running company, says he's not afraid of competition from Uber and Lyft, but he wants a level playing field, and he also wants the people to be safe, adding that without background and fingerprinting checks, there's no way of knowing who is driving the Uber or Lyft car. Yuhnke warns that deregulated ridesharing businesses would have a big advantage over taxi companies which must abide by background, fingerprinting, and insurance regulations that the ride-hailing companies don't want, even though they are currently operating in New York City under the same regulations as the taxi companies. "I know we're not perfect and we have to get better," says Yuhnke, "but I'm concerned not only about unfair competition from them [Uber, Lyft], but about the surge pricing they use that gouges customers during peak demand hours and the safety of our customers when, without any fingerprinting or background checks, a criminal could be driving their car."


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Buffalo city lawmakers have taken notice, and with some form of ridesharing legislation likely to win approval in Albany sometime early this year, North District Councilman Joseph Golombek has introduced legislation, as he put it, "to get ahead of the curve." "I think many of us are concerned about the safety of travelers, of citizens, and of taxpayers, and so my resolution would include background checks," said Golombek. "We could have a sunset provision, like we did with the food trucks, and monitor and tweak the regulations as we follow what happens." Golombek's resolution, which had been scheduled for a possible vote next Tuesday (Jan. 10) will be recommitted to the Legislation Committee after late word on Wednesday that Cuomo may have some kind of statement on the expansion debate Jan. 17th. "We'll hold off until we hear what he has to say," said Golombek late Wednesday, adding that the ridesharing companies have had virtually no contact with local lawmakers. What form the expansion legislation finally takes in Albany is uncertain. It could be written to allow the upstate cities to decide what regulations would govern the ridesharing services in their communities, although Uber and Lyft strongly oppose any legislation that would include fingerprinting and background checks, especially fingerprinting. State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer (R.-Amherst), who recently started a petition for residents to push Albany for expansion of ridesharing services to upstate cities, says expanding access to the ridesharing companies is long overdue. Ranzenhofer said in an interview that he doesn't see consumer safety as an issue with the ride-hailing companies and hasn't read anywhere that the public is at risk. "I just don't see this [safety] as a major issue," he said. Ranzenhofer has favored expansion of transportation network companies to operate across the state, not just in New York City, and said New York should not have regulations denying residents from using

have--and it looks like they will be successful fairly soon. Unless a level playing field is somehow included in the expansion, the local taxi industry and all the local drivers could be facing extinction. According to published reports, since the ride-hailing services began operating in Southern California three years ago, the number of arranged taxi trips has fallen by 42 percent, and total trips have Liberty Cab owner Bill Yuhnke stands next to the MV-1 at the Galleria dropped by 30 Mall. Liberty Cab was the first in Western New York to have the specially designed wheelchair accessible taxi apart of a eet. percent. If Uber and Lyft come in unregulated, local Uber or Lyft in Rochester and Buffalo as taxi companies and their drivers could be they do in other cities across the country. on the way out. Gov. Andrew Cuomo favors expansion Liberty Cab's Yuhnke said the ridesharing of the ridesharing companies across the companies don't want to abide by the state but has not made his opinion known same rules--taxes, fare regulations, insuron the fingerprinting issue, and the final ance, background checks--that have long legislation could possibly leave that to applied to the taxi industry. local municipalities unless Uber and Lyft win the day. Ranzenhofer says he expects "If they played by the same rules, I discussions to be ongoing and expects wouldn't have any problem," says Yuhnke, action on expansion legislation "sooner noting that Uber sets its own fares while rather than later." taxi fares are closely regulated. Yuhnke fears that if Albany caves in to the The governor is certainly familiar with at ridesharing companies' demands for no least one Uber executive. Matthew Wing, regulation, it could be the beginning of the who works for Uber in Manhattan, was end for the taxi business, starting with the Cuomo's press secretary from June, 2013 airport taxis. to September, 2014 and later worked as Communications Director for the "Let's make it fair, that's all I ask," says governor's re-election campaign. Wing Yunke. "We're not afraid of competition, is married to Melissa Dina DeRosa, the but let's have a level field. They have the governor's chief of staff. big guys on their side and all that money While Uber and Lyft claim its drivers make to spend. But I'm fighting for the little guy, and I'm not going to give up. They are not big dollars, critics claim the accounts do going to roll over us without a fight, that's not factor in the cost of driver expenses for sure. And I hope folks realize that if like gas and car maintenance. they have everything their way, the people will lose. Unchecked drivers, surge pricing But Uber and Lyft will continue to spend during snowstorms and at sporting events, big bucks on lobbyists and advertising and the little guy run out of town. I hope to win approval in Albany--and already that doesn't happen."



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The Larger Meaning of the Fight Over Uber Buffalo - Niagara, one of the last Uber holdouts in the progressive natioN By Jim Ostrowski You might think that the Western New York political class is embarrassed about being one of the few places on earth to make Uber-driving a crime. You would be wrong. These folks have no shame as they pay no actual price for their malefaction. It has become an annual ritual in Buffalo wondering if the Bills will ever make the playoffs and Uber will ever be allowed to come here. It has been pointed out that Buffalo is the only NFL city without Uber. They shrugged it off. Fortune did a story about Buffalo being one of five cities in the world without Uber: Barcelona, Buffalo, Buenos Aries, Vancouver and Frankfurt. That didn’t convince them. There has been a massive lobbying effort by powerful and wealthy multinational corporations. So far, it has failed. It may indeed pass this year in Albany but only after the political class extracts concessions that will make Uber more expensive and less functional here than elsewhere. Again, they have no shame. There is a proposal to impose a surcharge on each ride to subsidize mass transit. This is classic. That way, we can make a modern, digital, door-to-door efficient means of transportation subsidize a clumsy, cumbersome, inefficient and pre-digital form. I’d love to know who thought that brilliant idea up. Let’s continue to subsidize an obsolete form of transportation that relies on 19th century technology, paper schedules, and makes you walk to their route, perhaps in a high-crime area, and freeze there until a mostly empty bus finally arrives. That’s great for children, the elderly and the disabled. Again, the political class has no shame. Let’s dig deeper into this morass since, while it would be great to get Uber here, it’s more important to understand what this controversy tells us about the prevailing political regime in Buffalo and New York State. What kind of system, staffed by what kind of people, backed by what kind of ideology can block consenting adults from using digital technology to engage in benign and mutually beneficial transactions? It is critical to understand this as even if Uber is finally decriminalized in Buffalo, we will still be stuck with 20

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the same evil system blocking us each day from doing what we wish with what we own in every other aspect of life. Let’s make this a teachable moment. This is all spelled out in my books but I will provide a thumbnail sketch here. There are two ways to make a living which the great sociologist Franz Oppenheimer called the “political means” and the “economic means.” The economic means are production and voluntary exchange; the political means are coercive and predatory and involve seizing production and interfering with voluntary exchange. To quote Oppenheimer: “The State…is the organization of the political means…[which] stands as primarily a distributor of economic advantage, an arbiter of exploitation…an irresponsible and all‑powerful agency standing always ready to be put into use for the service of one set of economic interests as against another. “The State is not…a social institution administered in an anti‑social way. It is an anti‑social institution…” Murray Rothbard picked up on this insight and portrayed history as the race between the State, the organization of the political means and Society, the organization of voluntary economic means. What is the Uber controversy then but merely the latest example of a battle between the State and Society with the State winning at the moment? There, Uber and its drivers who seek to offer a voluntary and useful service are pitted against several groups seeking to use the force of the State to maintain or increase their income. These groups include the Democratic Assemblymen currently blocking Uber. They make money by staying in power using donations from special interest groups such as the taxi industry and trial lawyers who want to block Uber by lawful force as it might reduce their incomes. How does the State maintain its power and win most of its battles with Society? It needs an ideology to mask its true nature and bamboozle enough people to support the institution that plagues them on a daily basis through a myriad of taxes and regulations such as the ban on Uber. For the last 100 years or so and currently, the State has benefited from an ideology that

has penetrated into virtually every corner of American life including both political parties: progressivism. In my book, I spend 200 pages dissecting the concept, including an eight-point checklist of its essential elements. Suffice it here to say that progressive in this sense means “the strong presumption that democratic government intervention (force) will produce a better result than voluntary society.” As I explain in the book, this concept is utter nonsense with no rational basis whatsoever, but it has gained an extremely seductive hold on the American public since it provides a prefabricated and instant solution to all of life’s numerous and intractable problems and, at zero cost too. Santa comes every day in progressive-land, which is of course a fantasy land. The progressive ideology, while sincerely held for the most part, is very useful for covering up a variety of often secretive and discrete private interests that use the vast state power rationalized by progressivism to advance their own selfish interests at the expense of everyone else. Hence, the taxi industry in Buffalo is heavily lobbying against Uber because it might decrease their profits. The fact that everyone else in Western New York would benefit does not faze them. When you join or ally with the political class, to exploit the predatory means of acquiring wealth, you check your ethics at the door. The Uber affair then is a small example of a much larger system that has existed for many decades and has kept Buffalo mired in stagnation and decline for about 55 years. The Uber affair shows us several important and sad truths about the ruling political regime. It is a ruthless system based on advancing

the interests of the political class at the expense of everyone else. It is virtually impervious to even small reforms even when they are supported by massive lobbying efforts and their goal is obviously meritorious such as bringing Uber to Buffalo. There is no organization able to battle the political class in Buffalo or Western New York. The ideology of progressivism, which empowers the political class, is held in some manner by the overwhelming majority of the public even if they might disagree on some details or outliers such as Uber coming to town. The other day, I was called by a pro-Uber lobbying firm that asked if I would like to be connected to my Assembly member. I said sure. When I was connected, I explained to the staffer that I supported Uber and wondered if my representative agreed. The staffer was bored and annoyed and never gave me a straight answer. She promised to pass my concerns along but never even asked for my name! What I gather from that call and from fighting the political class in this town for forty years is this: unless these hacks pay a personal price such as losing their jobs or their precious pensions or unless they are publicly called out, disgraced and humiliated, such as being banned from Bills’ games or eating at the local diner, they will continue to screw the community with a smile.

Jim Ostrowski is a trial and appellate lawyer in Buffalo, NY. He is CEO of and author of several books including Progressivism: A Primer on the Idea Destroying America. | jan 5 - jan 12, 2017



Richard Hummert and Arlene Clement in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof



ichard Hummert, who died on December 28th, a week after heart bypass surgery, was one of Buffalo’s most acclaimed character actors. He won two Artie Awards, the first for playing Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for the Buffalo Ensemble Theatre and Women in Theatre companies in 1996, and the other for portraying redneck Sheriff Sam Guidry in A Lesson Before Dying at Studio Arena in 2001. He also appeared on the stages of Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the Irish Classical Theatre, and the Kavinoky Theatre. Maureen Porter, who starred as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, was also one of the production’s producers. Porter remembers that, “from the moment we decided to do the show, I knew that I wanted Richard to play Big Daddy. He was a gift to that production. Each night when he strutted on stage in that white suit with cigar in hand, he commanded the former Irish Classical space [on Chippewa Street], sneering at Big Mama, flirting with Maggie, and so obviously embracing Brick as his favorite son.” Porter recalls, in particular, the pivotal scene in which Big Daddy confronts Brick about his drinking, his marriage, and his relationship to his best friend, Skipper. “Drew Kahn played Brick,” recalls Porter. “The scene was a master class in playing the truth. The connection they created was heart breaking, and mesmerizing. Each night, the two of them would bring life to the complicated father and son relationship.” Hummert’s Big Daddy made unforgettable use of the intimacy of the old Irish Classical Stage. Whereas most actors explore Big Daddy’s imperiousness, this Big Daddy revealed an intimate forgiveness and understanding, making the scene all the more crushing as the characters hurled hurtful truths at each other like weapons. Dramatic performances like this earned Hummert awards, but those who knew him best lament the loss of a man who possessed a remarkable and often irreverent sense of humor. David Lamb, artistic director of the Kavinoky Theatre recalls playing Shakespeare’s Richard III back in 1999. He had just finished the famed “Now is the winter of our discontent speech,” that opens the play, and was walking upstage, when Hummert who was playing the Duke of Clarence, whispered to him, “Well … so far, so 22

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good!” Lamb laughs again at the memory. He also recalls Hummert as a consummately reliable actor and a good friend. “He taught me most of what I know about ethics and good behavior on the golf course,” says Lamb. “And he always came to our house to play Santa Claus for the kids!” Indeed, Hummert’s uncanny resemblance to the Jolly Old Elf – and an affection for children that he liked to deny -- made him a much sought after Santa Claus. This was a highly lucrative gig for him at holiday time, but he always managed to fit in a few appearances for friends. Actor and Shakespeare in Delaware Park managing director Lisa Ludwig remembers with great sentiment and gratitude the year that her mother died, just days before Christmas, and Richard showed up at her door for her annual Christmas party, dressed as Santa. Many remember that while he was dressed as Santa, his comments to adults might not always be appropriate for children. He loved to make people laugh! Memorable Richard Hummert roles include Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor for Shakespeare in Delaware Park, as well as Pozzo in Waiting for Godot and Nag in Endgame for the Irish Classical Theatre Company. He worked in a number of films and in television commercials, and worked for a number of seasons at The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Louisville. Among my most vivid memories of Hummert was seeing him as Dogberry in the Shakespeare in Delaware Park production of Much Ado About Nothing. Director Saul Elkin anachronistically had Hummert perform the Aretha Franklin hit, “Respect.” The hilarious image of this large man, dressed in Shakespearean attire, belting out a rock tune inspired return audiences throughout the run. Actor and Kavinoky Theatre managing director Loraine O’Donnell was a featured in the pro-

duction. She was new in town. “That was the first time I ever met Richard,” confirms O’Donnell. “I was the new kid; he knew EVERYONE. He would start a greeting out with ‘hey, did you hear the one about …?’ ALWAYS telling a joke. When he broke into R-E-S-P-E-C-T, the crowd went wild! This big man seamlessly going from Shakespearean dialogue to this rollicking Motown classic! He shimmied. He shook his hips. I sang backup for the song and got to watch as the audience cheered him on. I will always remember him that way…as the unlikely Shakespearean rock star.” Hummert’s stage persona ran the gamut from menacing to farcical. “Romantic Lead,” however, was not within his stage repertoire. That role was reserved for his life off stage, where he and Darleen Pickering Hummert were an iconic theater community couple. The two met in the theater department at Illinois State University at Normal, where Darleen was a graduate student and Richard was working on his B.A. after serving in the United States Army. When Darleen returned to Buffalo, her hometown, in 1969, Richard followed her. They married in 1973. They would go on to appear in numerous productions and to found Theatre for Change, which has, for 27 years, explored social issues through theater. “Richard was from Breese, Illinois, a small town near St. Louis,” recalls Darleen. “He said he didn’t like city living, but he came to Buffalo and he was very happy here.”

Indeed, Buffalo will remember Richard Hummert with affection, admiration, and appreciation, and we will always consider him to be one of our own. A Tribute event celebrating Richard’s life is being planned for April. Expect friends sharing memories, lots of music, especially Blues (which was his favorite), and, of course, a lot of laughter! In lieu of flowers, Darleen asks that donation be made in Richard's name to one of the theaters where he performed: Theatre for Change, 234 Carmel Road, Buffalo, NY 14214; Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Kavinoky Theatre, Irish Classical Theatre, Subversive Theatre, or O'Connell & Company.

WORLD JUNIORS: TOO BIG FOR THEIR BRITCHES? Buffalo on deck to host event next year By Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell World Juniors to one location and campus. Second, for the very first time an outdoor game will be played at the tournament, featuring USA and Canada at New Era Field on December 29. Nonetheless, based on the Toronto experience some red flags need to be addressed and considered now to help make the 2018 World Juniors a hit next year, and put Buffalo in the drivers seat for yet another return visit in 2025…


ORONTO…The 2017 IIHF World Juniors hockey tournament is just about over, with the finals set for Thursday night (January 5) at Montreal’s Bell Centre. This year Montreal and Toronto served as co host cities, with both venues hosting preliminary round matches, while most of the medal round action shifted to Montreal. Has anybody noticed? This year’s 10 team competition has been marked by the lack of major star power, Finland’s fall from grace from last year’s champ to the relegation round, Team USA cruising through the preliminaries and beating Canada on New Year’s Eve. And games not involving Canada being played in front of oceans of empty seats. Check that… Canada’s matchup against Latvia had a good share of empty sections in the upper corners. Their game against Slovakia posted an announced attendance of 12,684, meaning the building was 1/3 empty. This, in

Ticket prices must be reasonable. Hockey Canada 2017 Word Juniors USA vs Canada recognized their mistakes in excessive prica city that proclaims itself the Center, errr… ing for the 2015 Centre, of the Hockey Universe. event in Toronto and Montreal and slashed If the organizers in Buffalo aren’t concerned, ticket prices accordingly this time. Not enough apparently. For most games on the schedule they should be. in both Montreal and Toronto, a ticket could Granted, Buffalo and the Sabres pulled be purchased for as low as $5/US. Even at a off the most successful World Juniors ever minimal price point, perhaps a game involving held on American soil back in 2010-2011. Slovakia taking on Switzerland is just not that Over 300,000 tickets were sold to the 28 interesting to anyone but the most die hard of games in Buffalo and Lewiston. Hotels, bars fans. Hence. HarborCenter and its 1800 seat and restaurants in the downtown core were rink, which should suffice nicely. packed throughout the event, mostly by visiting Canadians who descended on our community Back in 2010, the Sabres marketing efforts in full throated support of their nation. The epic initially executed a brilliant sales tactic, introfinal match, where Canada collapsed in the ducing all-session game passes and inferring third period, surrendering five goals to Team that there might not be any tickets left unless Russia and losing 5-3, is still being talked about fans made the commitment to invest in buying tickets to all the games. years later. Buffalo managed to beat out some pretty tough American competition to be named the host in 2017-2018, a designation which comes to a US city but once every seven years. We did it by offering the Key Bank Center and HarborCenter as the joint venues, bringing the

It was all a ruse. Tickets were readily available to all the games, and even for the finals, the Sabres quietly papered the house by offering a half price Christmas ticket offer to their season ticket holders for the championship match.

sion pass is the only way to be guaranteed entry to the outdoor game at New Era Field. Don’t fall for it. Outdoor games are no longer a generational event, and are staged all over all the time. This past week in Toronto, the Leafs held an outdoor game at BMO Field on the CNE Exhibition grounds. With a money grab price matrix starting at $229/Cdn plus fees per ticket, many passed, and a day before the game hundreds of tickets were still available at the primary sales site. The lesson here? Do not overreach on single game ticket prices, especially for the outdoor game. People will come, but not at any cost. The Canadian dollar. Last time the World Juniors came to Buffalo our two currencies were roughly at par. Right now the US dollar trades at approximately $1.34 Canadian, with most financial experts predicting that gap will widen in 2017. Most observers in Toronto claim that their weak dollar won’t deter Canadians from making the trip. But it might deter them from staying a while and spending money. Reaching that audience and offering reasons to stay might be a challenge. Hosting a Fan Fest. Back in September when the NHL and the players staged the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, a huge and successful fan fest took place in the city’s Distillery District. No such festival was staged for this World Juniors. Keeping weather challenges in mind, Canalside offers a perfect backdrop for just an event. If done right, Riverworks could also be a huge component as a host headquarters for Team USA or Team Canada. No doubt that Buffalo will be up for the task and may even provide a template for how the IIHF plans and stages their showcase tournament moving forward. But for Hockey Canada, they may wish to rethink how and where they host the event in the future, with an eye towards midsized cities such as Saskatoon or Halifax. That being said, where is the 2019 host location? Vancouver and Victoria, BC. Plenty of good seats available.

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Contest DUKE'S BOHEMIAN GROVE BAR - 9pm SNM feat: Scott Down, Daringer, Charlie the Butcher, Milk & Cochise and Keith Concept MOONEY'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL - 10pm DJ Homewrecker MOONEY'S - 8pm DJ Homewrecker

BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS - 8:45-10:45am Beginner Watercolor



LITERARY BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 8:30-6pm Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World!; 8:306pm Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard DOG EARS BOOKSTORE - 68pm John Naughton


BLUES BROADWAY HOTEL - 4pm, 4pm Chuck DeRose Trio LEBRO'S - 8:30-11:30pm Speedy Parker Band TALTY'S TAVERN - 9pm Willie May THE COVE - 2-5pm "Blues Crew" with Joe Dimino, Paul Iannello, Bob Price & Speedy Parker

CELTIC/IRISH NIETZSCHE'S - 5pm The Celtic Seisuns

ARMOR INN TAP ROOM - 9pm Famous Fred & Creatures Unknown DADIO'S CENTRAL - 9pm Party Hounds HOT MAMA'S CANTEEN - 911pm Marley Higgins Band

FUNK/SOUL HYDRAULIC HEARTH 9:30pm Ron Davis and Ray Haugen NIETZSCHE'S - 10pm The New Daze, Space Junk

CHURCH OF THE ADVENT - 12-2pm Jazz Guitar with Dennis M Warne and Mike Slomowicz CUGINOS ITALIAN RESTAURANT - 6:30pm Joe Baudo and Cheryl Ferris

KARAOKE DOME STADIUM - 10pm Karaoke Night

OPEN MIC AL-E-OOPS - 9:30pm Eric Joseph



COMEDYSPORTZ BUFFALO - 9:30pm 7 Minutes in Heaven HELIUM COMEDY CLUB 8pm comedy open mic THE ARENA - 7pm ComedySportz Buffalo Improvisational Comedy THE TRALF MUSIC HALL 7:30pm, 10:30pm Yung Joc & Friends straight from The A Comedy Tour



31 CLUB - 9pm Joe Bolognese and Dolly Durante SENECA ALLEGANY CASINO - 7pm Peter Cetera

BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS - 8:45-10:45am Beginner Watercolor ; 11-1pm Horticulture 2 INSPIRATION POINT

MR. GOODBAR - 9pm Keith Shuskie Jr.





BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 8:30-6pm Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World!; 8:306pm Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard ADAM'S MARK HOTEL & EVENT CENTER - 9-2pm Winter Wonderland BUFFALO VISITOR CENTER AT THE BRISBANE BLDG 10am Masters of American Architecture

SUN JAN 8 THE COVE - 5:30-8:30pm Joseph Mahfoud & Jack Civiletto



ARMOR INN TAP ROOM - 69pm Half A Heard Acoustic BACKSTAGE PUB - 8pm Jimmy Zigzag and Johnny Jeffery EVENING STAR CONCERT HALL - 2pm Thev 7th Annual Music Awards Ceremony LANCASTER OPERA HOUSE - 2:30pm Elvis Birthday Weekend Retrospective Concerts



RIVERSIDE PARK INN - 7pm Karaoke with Eclectic Sound


TIFFT NATURE PRESERVE - 9-11:30am Little Tykes Mini Nature Camp


ERNIE WEBER'S BEEF AND ALE - 5-10pm Live Country Roundup SENECA NIAGARA CASINO - 8pm Emerson Drive

MANGIA RISTORANTE - 9pm Piano bar with Jon Lorentz



NIETZSCHE'S - 10pm Sun of Memphis


COLORED MUSICIANS' CLUB - 6pm Open Jam Session NIETZSCHE'S - 6pm Ann Phillipone; 8pm Dr Jazz and the Jazzbugs

NEGLIA BALLET ARTISTS - 9:30-10:15am Hatha Yoga; 10:30-11:30am Pilates/ Floor Barre UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF BUFFALO 7:30-11pm Queen City Contra Dancers with Joe Kwiakowski


HOT MAMA'S CANTEEN - 57pm Ann Philippone


BLU BAR & GRILLE - 8pm This week's DJ is DAN DEGOSKIFREE DISCO LESSONS at 8pm with TRISH from the Step by Step TV show CLUB MARCELLA - 9pm Salvation Saturday Drag Show and Sexy Underwear

DAILY PLANET COFFEE CO. - 1-2:30pm Duo716; 3-5pm Leanne Darling

STEEL PLANT MUSEUM - 105pm A Fair Day's Work: The Role of the Union in the Steel Plants LANCASTER OPERA HOUSE - 7:30pm Elvis Birthday Weekend Retrospective Concerts MOHAWK PLACE - 6pm I SEt My Friends on Fire RIVIERA THEATRE - 8pm The Wall Theatrical Experience SENECA ALLEGANY CASINO - 10pm Wood Candy TOWN BALLROOM - 7pm Casino For a Cause


BUFFALO - 9-11am Homeopathy Consultations by Rev. Ellen Bourn; 12-2pm Psychic Healing and Readings by Lory Pollina






BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS - 8:45-10:45am Beginner Watercolor

FILMS/SCREENINGS MR. GOODBAR - 7pm Sunday Public Domain Film Night

LITERARY BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 12-5pm Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World!; 12-5pm Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard


ACOUSTIC/FOLK NIETZSCHE'S - 8pm Songwriters Showcase with Kerry Fey | jan 5 - jan 12, 2017




JAZZ COLORED MUSICIANS' CLUB - 7pm George Scott Big Band NIETZSCHE'S - 5:30pm Lindsey Holland

with Geeks who Drink INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 12-2pm Psychic Healing and Readings by Lory Pollina

DANCE NEGLIA BALLET ARTISTS - 5:45-7:15pm Adult Ballet; 7-8:30pm Adult Ballet for Beginners


GIGI'S CUCINA POVERA - 8:30-10pm Leigh Beenau Employee Party SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN noon Joe Baudo Big Band


BLU BAR & GRILLE - 8pm Karaoke by Steve Urge


CLARENCE CENTER COFFEE CO. - 7:30-10:30pm karaoke; 7:30-10:30pm Doc Stuart Shapiro CLINTON BAR AND GRILL 8-11pm Jony James

OPEN MIC BACKSTAGE PUB - 8-11pm Michael Hund

TIFFT NATURE PRESERVE - 9-11:30am Budding Naturalists Early Childhood Series


BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 8:30-6pm Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World!; 8:306pm Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard


EPIC RESTAURANT & LOUNGE - 8pm Epic Movie Trivia Night!



COUNTRY BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS - 8:45-10:45am Beginner Watercolor GYPSY PARLOR - 8pm Trivia


NIETZSCHE'S - 8pm Rust Belt Comedy



jan 5 - jan 12, 2017 |

BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS - 8:45-10:45am Beginner Watercolor INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 9:30-11:30am Homeopathy Consultations by Rev. Ellen Bourn; 4-6pm Metaphysical Medicine Astrology Readings by Aaron Fried THE LODGE BAR & GRILL 8pm Trivia Night





COYOTE CAFE - 9:30pm Keith Shuskie


GENE MCCARTHYS - 7pm Mike P; 8-11pm Open Mic NIETZSCHE'S - 8pm Buffalo's longest runnin open mic TALTY'S TAVERN - 7pm 1st Monday of every Month: Charlie O’Neill Guitar ClubOPEN MIC = ALL WELCOME = 7:00pm HOSTED BY: Jim Brucato THE ALLEY CAT - 9pm Bobby Angel

TUDOR LOUNGE - 8:30pm Comedy Open Mic




friends. This is not a class and is very casual. Call 332-4375 for information.; 10:30am Toddler Time BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY - 11am Univera Q&A; 12-1pm Adult Coloring BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY - 2pm Eclectic Book Club: At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier; 4:30-5pm Ukulele for Kids BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY - 5:30-6:30pm Ukulele Sing and Play; 6-8pm Knitting Club

NEGLIA BALLET ARTISTS - 6:30-7:30pm Yoga By Bonnie Series FLATTERY'S IRISH PUB 9:30pm Tyler Massaro GENE MCCARTHYS - 7-9pm Trivial Tuesday GYPSY PARLOR - 8pm TuTuTuesday and Open Mic MILKIE'S ON ELMWOOD (FORMERLY ELMWOOD LOUNGE) - 8pm Open Mic THE ALLEY CAT - 9pm Bobby Angel THE GROOVE LOUNGE 7:30-11:30pm Bringing the lovers of Blues and Soul together, networking in the Blues Community, mentoring in the genres and good times!


TGI FRIDAY (SHERATON) 7pm Steve Balesteri


BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY - Adult ColoringTuesdays, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pmOur Adult Coloring Club is a great way to relax and meet new

EXHIBITS STEEL PLANT MUSEUM - 105pm A Fair Day's Work: The Role of the Union in the Steel Plants

LITERARY BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 8:30-6pm Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World!; 8:306pm Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard



ALTERNATIVE BREWS - 811:30pm Blues Pro-Jam with Big Sauce Trio with special guests


by Cire Luey Freeman STAMPS BAR - 8-11pm Arrow STOCKMAN'S TAVERN & GROVE - 8pm Tom Seitz THE PENALTY BOX 10pm Open Jam with Matt Ruschmann TUDOR LOUNGE - 10pm Todd Allen


CLASSICAL NATIVITY LUTHERAN CHURCH - 7:30pm Buffalo Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra

COUNTRY ARMOR INN TAP ROOM - 6:30pm Sean Patrick Mc Graw

DANCE/DJS/ ELECTRONIC DUKE'S BOHEMIAN GROVE BAR - 9pm Dolla Dolla Beer Ya'll with DJ Charles Masters EPIC RESTAURANT & LOUNGE - 10:30pm Ladies Night and DJ MOONEY'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL - 7:30pm DJ Trivia PAN AMERICAN GRILL & BREWERY - 5:30pm DJ Trivia

JAZZ GIGI'S CUCINA POVERA - 7-9pm Colleen Williams & Bobby Jones NIETZSCHE'S - 6pm Tyler Westcott & Dr Jazz SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN noon Joe Baudo Quartet

KARAOKE OZONE - 9pm Karaoke Nights

OPEN MIC ANCHOR INN - 7-11pm J C Thompson ASHKER'S JUICE BAR & CAFE - 7-10pm Cosmic BYRD HOUSE - 9pm Phil Elinsky MILKIE'S ON ELMWOOD (FORMERLY ELMWOOD LOUNGE) - 8pm Comedy Open Mic MUG & MUSKET - 7pm Dave Thurman & Ray Barry OUR BAR - 2pm Jimmy Munt PEACE OF MIND COFFEE SHOP - 7-10pm Keith Shuskie RUDEBOYZ ARTWORK - 69pm Mic Da Network hosted

HYDEOUT - 8pm Randy California's Open jam MARINARO'S LARKIN TAVERN - 5:30-8pm Alfie Alessandra/Alan Knoll Duo NIETZSCHE'S - 9pm No Illusions, Jungle Steve and the Gypsophelias TGI FRIDAY (SHERATON) 7pm Steve Balesteri




BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY - 10:30am Toddler Time


INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 1-5pm Tarot Readings by Eva Danielle every Wednesday


BLU BAR & GRILLE - 7pm Dance lessons by Salsa for the Soul NEGLIA BALLET ARTISTS 7-8am Barre Fitness TRINITY CHURCH - 7pm Dances and Drums for Universal Peace


UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF BUFFALO - 9:30-11:30am Reel MusicWhat Does Music Contribute To The Movies?


TIFFT NATURE PRESERVE - 12:30-2:30pm Homeschool Series: Nature of Nature


CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF BUFFALO - 6:45pm You can be more able than you are. A recorded lecture by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of

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Boston State Boston (649-1020) Cafe 36 Main St Hamburg (649-1837, Cuginos Italian restaurant 6011 Main Amherst 876-6504adventkenmore.orgDadio's Central 7 E Main St Genesee County 240-9359dukesbohemiangrovebar. comDaily Planet Coffee Co. 1862 Hertel Ave ( Cheektowaga551-0661) elbuenamigo.orgDelavan-Grider Community Center 877 E Delavan Ave index.htmlDog Ears Bookstore 688 Abbott Rd ( Erie County823-8225) coloredmusiciansclub.orgDome Stadium 200 Main St Erie (694-6317) flatterys.comDuke's Bohemian Grove Bar 253 Allen St ( Lewiston240-9359, Epic Restaurant & Lounge 431 Elmwood Ave ( Cheektowaga8833742, Ernie Weber's Beef and Ale 3167 South Park Ave Erie County 855-8948genemccarthys.comEvening Star Concert Hall 8810 Niagara Falls club_marcella.html Niagara (940-5391) clarencecentercoffee.comFlattery's Irish Pub 1130 Orchard Park Rd West Seneca (674-9554, Foley's Tavern 8752 Buffalo Ave Niagara (283-9959) harborcenter.comGallo coal fire kitchen 800 Center St Lewiston 823-8225coloredmusiciansclub. orgGarden Park Cafe 3525 Genesee index.php Cheektowaga (635-0387, Gene McCarthys 73 Hamburg St ( Boston855-8948, Gigi's Cucina Povera 981 Kenmore Ave Tonawanda (877-8788, gigiscucinapovera. com) Gonzos 7 Main St Niagara County (438-5765) crazyjakesnt.comGypsy Parlor 376 Grant St Amherst551-0661dwyerspub.comHat Trix Bar and Grill 4923 Southwestern Blvd Hamburg 674-9554flatterys.comHelium Comedy Club 30 Mississippi St ( Hamburg8531211, Hot Mama's Canteen 12 Military Rd ( US783-8222, Hydeout 490 Center html Lewiston 683-1776lancopera.orgHydraulic Hearth 716 Swan St Erie County855-8948genemccarthys. comInspiration Point Buffalo 483 Elmwood Ave Niagara County833-6227empiregrill. netIrishman Pub and Eatery 5601 Main St Amherst (626-2670, Lancaster Opera House 21 Central Ave Lancaster (683-1776, Laurel and Hardy's 1388 Broadway Hamburg845-5400daemen.eduLebro's 330 Campbell Blvd Amherst (688-0404, Main Street Gallery 515 Main St

LewistonMangia Ristorante 4264 N Buffalo Rd Orchard Park (662-9467) carrouselmuseum.orgMarinaro's Larkin Tavern 131 Van Rensselaer St ( Cheektowaga845-5400) mooneysbroadway.comMilkie's on Elmwood (formerly Elmwood Lounge) 522 Elmwood Ave ( Lewiston8825881, Mohawk Place 47 E Mohawk St ( Newstead312-9279, buffalosmohawkplace. com) Mooney's 13 Main St Niagara County 833-5211ForgottenBuffalo.comMooney's Bar & Grill 4628 Cheektowaga (681-2121, Mooney's Sports Bar & Grill 1531 Military Rd ( Leroy877-1800, Mr. Goodbar 1110 Elmwood Ave ( Niagara882-4000) nfculinary.orgMug & Musket Main St Youngstown Niagara County 886-8539nietzsches.comNashville's 2 8166 Main St Clarence 646-4674hullfamilyhome.orgNativity Lutheran Church 970 E Main St Aurora (652-5880, Neglia Ballet Artists 600 2495 Leroy (4470401, Nietzsche's 248 Allen St ( Tonawanda886-8539, O'Neill's Stadium Inn 3864 Abbott Rd Orchard Park (646-4674) panamericangrill.comOZone 2268 Genesee St Amherst630-5951paringswinebar. comOliver's 2095 Delaware Ave ( Orchard Park877-9662, Our Bar 861 Military Rd Tonawanda 442-5215lancopera.orgPan American Grill & Brewery 391 Washington St ( Clarence856-0062, panamericangrill. com) Pausa Art House 19 Wadsworth St ( Cheektowaga822-4908pausaarthouse. com) Peace of Mind Coffee Shop 83 Main St Newstead (442-5215) raintreebar.comPenny Lane Cafe 10255 Main St Clarence htmlPolish Villa 2 1085 Harlem Rd Cheektowaga (822-4908, Potts Banquet Hall 41 S Rossler Cheektowaga (826-6575) Racelettes 537 Main St Lancaster632-9871lockportucc. comRiverside Park Inn 1160 Tonawanda St Niagara County842-6213kenancenter. orgRiviera Theatre 67 Webster St Niagara (692-2413, Rockin' Buffalo Saloon 1800 Union Rd West Seneca 616-0892negliaballet.orgRose Garden Restaurant & Grove 2753 Wehrle Dr Lancaster (632-9871) buffaloshambhalameditation.blogspot. comRudeBoyz Artwork 527 W Utica St Tonawanda743-9348shannonpub. comSeneca Allegany Casino 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd Cattaraugus (877-8736322, Seneca Niagara Casino 310 4th St Niagara (299-1100, Shambhala Meditation Group of Buffalo 408 Franklin St ( LaSalle445-4446, buffaloshambhalameditation.blogspot. com) Shango Bistro 3260 Main St (837-2326,

Erie694-3475lancopera.orgShannon Pub 2250 Niagara Falls Blvd Tonawanda (7439348, Shea's Buffalo Performing Arts Center 646 Main St ( Tonawanda847-1410, Sportsmen's Tavern 326 Amherst St ( Amherst874-7734, St. Joseph's University Parish 3269 University at Buffalo LaSalle (833-0298, Stamps Bar 98 Main St Erie (694-3475) Plant Museum 100 Lee St taltysSterling Place 1487 Hertel Ave Amhersthamburggardenwalk.com3322433taphousepubandgrill.comStockman's Tavern & Grove 9870 Transit Amherst (688-9896) polishvilla.orgT.C. Wheelers Bar & Pizzeria 341 Wheeler Erie County (692-3632, TGI Friday (Sheraton) 300 3rd St Niagara (285-3361, niagara-falls-dining.php) Talty's Tavern 2056 South Park Ave (8259279, Hamburg646-6109the-fairgrounds. comTap House Pub & Grill 85 W Chippewa St ( Niagara Falls332-2433, The Alley Cat 199 Allen St ( Tonawanda235-8215, sites/contact.html) The Arena 4476 Main St Amherst 692-2413rivieratheatre.orgThe Cove 4701 Transit Rd256-1940panamericangrill. com Elma (656-7946, The Fairgrounds 5600 McKinley Hamburg (646-6109, The Groove Lounge 1210 Broadway Niagara County688-3081negliaballet. orgThe Lodge Bar & Grill 79 W Chippewa St ( Amherst256-1940) Music Room 609 Oakwood Ave Aurora (864-8448, The Penalty Box 34 Chestnut St Niagara County 855-9643tudorlounge.comThe Tralf Music Hall 622 Main St ( Tonawanda8522860, Tifft Nature Preserve 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard ( Erie825-6397, sciencebuff. org/tifft-u.-p-1) Town Ballroom 681 Main St ( Niagara852-3900, Trinity Church 371 Delaware Ave Tonawanda871-1965sportsmenstavern. comTudor Lounge 335 Franklin St ( Niagara855-9643, Ukrainian-American Civic Center 205 Military Rd ( Cheektowaga877-7200, Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo 695 Elmwood Ave ( Hamburg885-2136, Vizzi's 967 Kenmore Ave Tonawanda (871-1965) servlet/HomepageView?storeId=1005 2&catalogId=10002&langId=-Wagon Wheel Restaurant 7201 Niagara Falls Blvd Niagara (283-9861) panamericangrill.comSteel Plant Museum 100 Lee St Grand Island773-1426pausaarthouse. comSterling Place 1487 Hertel Ave

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Delaware Ave Erie (882-0391) thegrillatthedome.comVarsity Theatre 3165 Bailey Ave US332-2433taphousepubandgrill. comVizzi's 967 Kenmore Ave Tonawanda (871-1965) htmlWagon Wheel Restaurant 7201 Niagara Falls Blvd Niagara (283-9861) Waiting Room 334 Delaware Ave ( Aurora849-1000, webhosting/waiting_room/index.html) West Seneca Middle School 395 Center Rd West Seneca 656-7946thecoveseafoodandbanquets. comWestminster Presbyterian Church 724 Delaware Ave ( Niagara County884-9437, Woodside Coffee House 675 Abbott Rd Niagara205-8925rapidstheatre.comZion Dominion Global Ministries Church 895 N Forest Rd Amherst 8522860tralfmusichall.comTheater of Youth 203 E Allen St Hamburg (8844400, Tifft Nature Preserve 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard (825-6397, tifft-u.-p-1) Niagara CountyTown Ballroom 681 Main St ( Niagara852-3900, Transit Lounge 4723 Transit Rd Erie County 652-3813Tri-Main Center 2495 Main St (835-3366, Trinity Church 371 Delaware Ave Niagara693-2223thevaultwny.comTrinity United Methodist Church 711 Niagara Falls Blvd Amherst (835-7711, Tudor Lounge 335 Franklin St (855-9643, UB Center for the Arts The Center for the Arts 103 (645-2787, Ukrainian-American Civic Center 205 Military Rd ( Amherst877-7200, Uncorked Cafe 72 Webster St Niagara County 417-9488Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo 695 Elmwood Ave (885-2136, Unity Church of Practical Christianity 1243 Delaware Ave Erie (882-0391) Vizzi's 967 Kenmore Ave Tonawanda (871-1965) building?id=CAPENWagon Wheel Restaurant 7201 Niagara Falls Blvd Niagara (283-9861) Waiting Room 334 Delaware Ave (849-1000, waiting_room/index.html) West Seneca Middle School 395 Center Rd West Seneca 645-2921slee.buffalo.eduWestern New York Book Arts Center 468 Washington St (348-1430) Westminster Presbyterian Church 724 Delaware Ave ( Erie884-9437, Woodside Coffee House 675 Abbott Rd Cheektowaga9611805villa.eduZion Dominion Global Ministries Church 895 N Forest Rd Amherst 693-3200Wagon Wheel Restaurant 7201 Niagara Falls Blvd Niagara (283-9861) Waiting Room 334 Delaware Ave (849-1000, waiting_room/index.html) Walden Galleria Mall 1 Walden Galleria Cheektowaga (681-7600, waldengalleria. com) Wegman's (Dick Rd.) 651 Dick Rd Cheektowaga

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HUMUNGOUS by FredPiscop ACROSS 1. Birth-related 6. Civil wrong 10. Taj Mahal site 14. Roomy dress cut 15. __-the-counter 16. Home run gait 17. Trip down the Rhine, perhaps? 19. War, to Sherman 20. Driveway application 21. Chem room 22. In __ land (spacy) 23. Actor Bogosian 25. Unbeatable foes 27. John, Paul, or John Paul 30. "__ to worry!" 32. Actress Winslet 33. Fruity quaff 34. Mortarboard tosser 36. Claro or cheroot 39. Opera's Lily 41. Witch trials town 43. Medical discovery 44. Synthetic fiber 46. Wacky 47. Teachers' org. 48. Take an ax to 50. Hide __ hair 51. Rice Krispies sound 52. Do a slow burn

55. Take a siesta 57. Clobber with snowballs 58. Born, in bios 60. Evening do 64. Load with cargo 65. Cowardly Scandinavian? 67. Ticks off 68. Home to billions 69. Spanish hero 70. Sour-tasting 71. Have to have 72. Monopoly cards DOWN 1. Catches red-handed 2. Skin soother 3. Songstress Turner 4. Founder of the Shakers 5. Prying tool 6. Cracker Jack bonus 7. Track shape 8. Daughter of Lear 9. "Jeopardy!" host Alex 10. Good at gym 11. Easily bribed TV private eye? 12. Esther of "Good Times" 13. Book of maps 18. Circular gaskets

24. Reef material 26. PC alternative 27. One of the Three Bears 28. Limburger emanation 29. Colonizer William's lockup? 31. Hawk's gripper 35. Interior design 37. Square footage 38. Gather, as rewards 40. Big name in ice cream, once 42. To a greater degree 45. Watch readout, for short 49. Nairobi native 51. Keep in 52. Bowler's headache 53. Jerry Stiller's mate Anne 54. Pee Wee in Cooperstown 56. Scattered, on the farm 59. Nobelist Wiesel 61. Paella grain 62. Author Bagnold or Blyton 63. Some pass catchers 66. Young 'un





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